Childhood trauma is a complex beast – but understanding it can help you deal with scars of the past

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Kim Barthel is the kind of person I’d want to be sitting next to in a bunker when the bombs are raining down outside. She exudes warmth and kindness, the kind of energy that could be wrapped around anyone in need.

The Canadian occupational therapist has been travelling to Asia to teach for 12 years and was back again this summer to spend a couple of months lecturing in Hong Kong and China – only this time it was different. Click here to read more…

The Midlife Unraveling

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In my late thirties, my intuition had tried to warn me about the possibility of a midlife struggle. I experienced internal rumblings about the meaning and purpose of my life. I was incredibly busy proving myself in all of my different roles (mother, professor, researcher, writer, friend, sister, daughter, wife), so much so that it was difficult for any emotion other than fear to grab my attention. However, I do remember flashes of wondering if I’d always be too afraid to let myself be truly seen and known. Click here to read more…

Kindergarteners Talk About Mindfulness in “Just Breathe” Short Film

We’re interrupting your regular mindfulness news roster to bring you: Children talking about mindfulness. Because, really, after hearing mindfulness’ benefits trumpeted from Wall Street to ABC News to practically everywhere else, we could use a little plain language. A little straight talk—from little people. Click here to read more…

Six Ways Relationships Help You Thrive

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Every week, my wife and I have a meeting where we talk about what is going well in our family, but also what we could be doing better. She knows when I am giving less than my best, and she calls me out on it—which isn’t always easy to hear. But I know I’m lucky to be married to someone who always challenges me to work on myself and become a better person. Click here to read more…

Upset? 10 Grounding Techniques

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Stressed, anxious, angry, overloaded, numb, creatively blocked. Whatever you call it, what you are most susceptible to, we all need a toolbox of techniques to help us calm ourselves, get centered, grounded at various times during the day. Think of it as emotional first-aid. Here are 10 to try out and throw into your psychological toolbox: Click here to read more…

The Healing Power of Wild Places

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On average, we spend just 5 per cent of our day outside. What effect might that have on our bodies and minds? 

Florence Williams spent the last three years writing about our relationship to the natural world—motivated in part by her own move away from a lush natural setting: a view of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to Washington, DC. Click here to read more…